Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program
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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. The PLTW staff, with the help of consultants and advice from both industry and staff from higher education institutions has developed a four-unit curriculum for middle schools, and a four-year (five-course) curriculum for high schools. These curricula expose students to the rigor and content of a pre-engineering curriculum that should both interest more students in careers in these fields and promote greater success in collegiate programs.

What is the Mission of PLTW? 
To forge a dynamic and on-going partnership among school districts, colleges and universities, and industry that will establish and support a pre-engineering education career cluster program in America's high schools, exciting students about engineering careers and strengthening traditional academic programs with hands-on learning experiences.

What are PLTW's Goals?

  • ​Increase the number of young people who pursue engineering and engineering technology programs requiring a four or two-year college degree
  • Provide clear standards and expectations for student success in the program
  • Provide leadership and support that will produce continuous improvement and innovation in the program
  • Provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for all academically qualified students without regard to gender or ethnic origin
  • Reduce the future college attrition rates within four and two-year engineering and engineering technology degree programs
  • Contribute to the continuance of America's national prosperity

The Project Lead The Way program is offered at:
Patrick Henry High School, South High School, Southwest High School, Transition Plus, and Washburn High School.

PLTW Gateway Program

The PLTW Gateway Program is offered at: Sanford Middle School, Franklin Middle School, and Anthony Middle School.

PLTW Computer Science Program

The PLTW Computer Science Program is offered at: North High School, Southwest High School, and Transition Plus.

PLTW Engineering Program

The PLTW Engineering Program is offered at: Patrick Henry High School, South High School, and Washburn High School.